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DE BEERS GROUP AND UN WOMEN ANNOUNCE CAPACITY-BUILDING PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT 500 WOMEN IN SOUTH AFRICA

Monday, September 3, 2018

De Beers Group and United Nations Entity for Women for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNW) South Africa are pleased to announce the launch of a capacity-building programme to support 500 women micro-entrepreneurs in the communities of Blouberg and Musina, near De Beers’ Venetia Mine in Limpopo.   The key objective of the programme is to equip women micro-entrepreneurs with business management and life skills to build their confidence and capacity to operate and grow... More

Business leaders taking action on gender equality and women empowerment

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The event was held to recognize and inspire business corporate leadership in advancing gender equality and empowerment of women, promote inclusive economic prosperity in realizing the 2030 Agenda. More

UN Women and partners encourage feminist activism in South Africa

Friday, August 17, 2018

A high-level forum held yesterday in South Africa has urged the role of feminist civic activism, youth and social movements in strengthening democracy, gender equality and sustainable development. The event, called “Supporting social movements and civil society activism to Leave No One Behind for peace, prosperity and sustainable development,” was organized by UN Women and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in partnership with Amnesty International, the Nelson... More

UN Women calls on the private sector to become activists, advocates and investors in gender equality

Friday, March 16, 2018

UN Women calls on the private sector to become activists, advocates and investors in gender equality More

SheDecides Flagship Event marks a year of accelerated global support for women and girls to realise their sexual and reproductive health rights

Monday, March 5, 2018

It has been a year since SheDecides, a global movement to promote, provide, protect and enhance the fundamental rights of every girl and woman was launched. The movement is about getting women and girls to be the ones to make decisions about their bodies, lives, health and futures. More

Joint Statement: ‘Freedom from fear’: Ending violence against women

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Human beings are born free and equal, both in rights and in dignity. This is the fundamental principle enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On 10 December nearly 70 years ago, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first international assertion of the “highest aspiration of the common people”, including the “promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms”,... More

Evidence-based interventions and accountability to end violence against women

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Civil Society leaders, gender activists, feminist leaders, donors, and representatives from international organisations including UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ncguka called for evidence-based interventions and accountability to end gender based violence on 2 nd October at the Five Days of Violence Prevention experts conference hosted by Sonke Gender Justice in Johannesburg. Opening the conference, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Co-Founder of Sonke Gender Justice, Mr... More

Township entrepreneurs prove that investing in women-owned businesses makes economic sense

Thursday, July 20, 2017

It’s difficult to miss Jay-Beez Fast Food on Jane Muso Street in Kagiso. The green lawn, multi-coloured chairs and tables and the distinct smell of frying magwinya (local doughnuts) draw you in. Inside owner Gape Bogopane, her husband Jabu and her assistant Lady are busy taking orders from hungry customers, many of whom reside across the road in a mining hostel. Gape outside her shop.  Photo: UN Women/Susan Kimathi Caption Jay Beez did not always have this buzz or... More

Youth tasked with creating innovative solutions to prevent gender based violence on campus at heaids conference

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Youth tasked with creating innovative solutions to prevent gender based violence on campus at heaids conference More

HEAIDS session to increase focus on prevention of HIV and elimination of GBV

Thursday, June 8, 2017

HEAIDS session to increase focus on prevention of HIV and elimination of GBV More

Ugandan delegation in South Africa to learn best practices on improving justice sector’s response to gender based violence

Friday, April 7, 2017

Ugandan delegation in South Africa to learn best practices on improving justice sector’s response to gender based violence More

Value and supply chain analysis workshop equips women with business opportunities

Friday, April 7, 2017

Value and supply chain analysis workshop equips women with business opportunities More

Unlocking Opportunity: UN Women South Africa MCO and South African Post Office Partner to Provide Digital Literacy Training

Friday, June 10, 2016

On Friday, June 3, UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office (SAMCO) hosted an event to celebrate the signing of an memorandum of understanding between SAMCO and the South African Post Office (SAPO). The MOU forms the basis of a programme that will turn post office buildings across the country into enterprise hubs equipped with computers and internet access. The hubs will offer digital literacy skills training to women, especially entrepreneurs living in rural areas, as well as offering a platform to connect to financial information and services. The programme aims to train ten thousand women. More

Empowering Women and Girls through Web Literacy

Thursday, June 2, 2016

On a sunny autumn morning in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha suburb, the reception area of The Barn, a public innovation hub and workspace, is buzzing. In one corner a group is discussing a presentation. Young women tap on the keys of computers in another. But the most excitement is coming from behind the reception desk, where Peggy Mpahlwa is preparing to teach her first web literacy class. More

Climate Change Workshop Results in Call for Action to Empower Rural Women

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Dumephi Maletshe is a fifty-nine year-old grandmother from Umthetwa Village near Richards Bay, South Africa. For years, Maletshe has been making a living by using reeds collected at a river near her home to weave mats. Recently, however, South Africa has been experiencing the worst drought in more than thirty years, and the reeds have dried up. “Now I have to pay someone to bring me reeds from elsewhere in the province, but I can’t afford to do that unless people pay me for their mats in advance,” says Maletshe. More

Designing their Way to a Bright Orange Future: South African Women Celebrate their Achievements

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May 25th, 2016 - Johannesburg. As people from Cape Town to Cairo celebrated Africa Day, the commemoration of the formation of the African Union in 1963, UN Women South Africa MUlti-Country Office (SAMCO), in partnership with retail giant EDCon, the Gauteng Department of Social Development (GPDSD) and the South African Fashion Council (SAFC) turned Turbine Hall in downtown Johannesburg orange as they celebrated the achievements of 44 African women at an award ceremony. More

UN Women’s Sharefair on Gender Equality in the Extractive Industries Helps a Woman to Break the Odds in Steel and Manufacturing Industry in South Africa

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Ms.Tebogo Mashego’s entrepreneurial background started when she resigned from her well-paying job to join private business in steel and manufacturing industry. She had initially been inspired by SAB Kickstart advert in 2008 looking for young, innovative entrepreneurs seeking business skills, mentorship and grant funding to Kickstart their businesses. Having won the SAB Kickstart in 2009, she received a lot of business growth opportunities. She also received media exposure that helped her set market base and increased export sales internationally to Malawi, Zambia and Kenya. More

Celebrating South Africa's Women Entrepreneurs

Friday, November 13, 2015

1 October, Johannesburg -- 150 entrepreneurs travelled from Atteridgeville, Cosmo City, Vosloorus and Soweto to the Riversands Incubation Hub in Diepsloot to celebrate their achievements as business women. The event, titled ‘iBusiness Journey Yami’ (my business journey) was the culmination of the pilot of Coca Cola’s 5by20 programme and UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office’s Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs Project (EWEP). More

Peacekeeping Training For Female Officers Extols Role Played by Women in the Military

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The second UN peacekeeping training for female military officers, convened by UN Women in collaboration with the South African government, concluded after two busy weeks on Friday, September 18th. Held at the South African Army School’s Peace Mission Training Centre in Pretoria, the training was attended by 40 female officers from 26 countries around the world. More

UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office opening and the launch of What About Gender?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

On Thursday August 27, UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office invited our colleagues from other UN agencies to join us in opening the office. The festivities began with Representative Dr Auxilia Ponga cutting the ribbon at the entrance to the boardroom with Deputy Representative Themba Kalua, before UN Resident Coordinator in South Africa Mr. Gana Fofang delivered a welcome speech and awarded certificates to those who had participated in the Gender Theme Group training... More

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